Queensland Interstate coach Darren Mercer said while a number of key decisions and big performances ultimately pushed them over the line, it’s team spirit that will continue to carry his Cyclones’ side.
The Queensland coaching staff made a number of crucial decisions on the day, but said utilising the power play during the Open Female Surf Race ultimately gave them the edge.
Mercer said he noticed a positive team culture from the beginning.
“What we tried to do was create a bit of culture and that was something I noticed right from the start,” he said.
“All the team members supported one another and if we asked them to do something they didn’t hesitate and jumped in and did their best, so that was a good aspect that we want to keep going.
“We had a great team and a great bunch of athletes who put in 100% every time they jumped in the water or onto the beach track.”
The 10-point overall win meant Queensland took the Interstate bragging rights from New South Wales for another year
New South Wales coach Jimmy Walker said despite the result the sense of state pride was second to none.
“We brought in a ‘no sorry’ approach, meaning no one came out of an event and apologised if they didn’t perform,” he said.
“Our team spirit was as good as anything I’ve ever been a part of, there was no part of that area where we can be faulted.”
Looking ahead, Walker believes they simply need to tighten a few loose screws.
“We need to make sure as a state we introduce baton changes into training sessions, that’s an obvious area we have historically struggled in.”
“If we can just tidy up a few areas I’m sure things will swing our way, lifesaving can be tricky like that,” Walker said.